Faith Schools' Joint Campus, Glasgow

The Faith Schools’ Joint Campus, Glasgow, is possibly the world’s first shared Jewish and Catholic education facility and is also a brand new, innovative building designed to ‘challenge convention and establish a shared vision’.

Faith Schools' Joint Campus including VELFAC windows
Photo: David Barbour

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VELFAC installed throughout

VELFAC glazing is installed throughout the Campus, specified for its high quality construction, design versatility and its composite, slim frame design.

‘Timber is used throughout the Campus to create a warm and inviting learning environment,’ says architect Keith Peterson, of BDP, ‘and so VELFAC was chosen primarily because of the inner timber frame – this is integral to the overall project concept, and complements the birch and maple finishes used elsewhere in the interior. In terms of quality, we also do not believe there is currently an alternative to the VELFAC system if you are looking for a ‘true composite’ aluminium / timber window.’

Abundance of natural light

The use of timber is balanced with white walls and floors, designed to enhance the abundance of natural light which floods through slim-framed VELFAC windows. ‘VELFAC was specified for all glazed elements in the external envelope,’ says Keith. ‘This includes areas where traditionally we would have considered curtain walling, but found we could meet the brief with large, standard VELFAC units. We also used the VELFAC system to create the impressive curved lantern installed above the shared central space - this required complex junction details but again could be delivered without specifying bespoke window units.’

Design versatility

Glazing is a major external feature within weathered zinc and western red cedar facades which, together with copper coloured portals, create a striking and unusual building. ‘External aluminium VELFAC frames are finished in a dark grey (RAL 7037) selected to match external flashings and metalwork,’ adds Keith, again underlining the versatility of the VELFAC composite frame construction.

Faith Schools Joint Campus (Calderwood Lodge Primary School & Nursery and St Clare’s Primary School), has become a flagship development for owner East Renfrewshire Council, was officially opened in August 2017 at a ceremony attended by Bishop John Keenan of the Diocese of Paisley, and Britain’s Chief Orthodox Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.


Sector: Education

Architect: BDP

Client: East Renfrewshire Counci

Photo credit: David Barbour

Specified for:

  • Internal timber
  • Slim frames / maximum natural light
  • Composite frame construction
  • Design versatility
  • Large glazed units